Environmental Sciences building shut down due to chemical odor

The hallways of the Environmental Science and Technology building are empty Friday, Sept. 4, due to chemical fumes. Classes in EST have been canceled for the remainder of the day. 

Herald Staff

In an email sent to faculty and staff, Phyllis Page, facilities management, said due to fumes, the Environmental Sciences and Technology Building will remain closed for the remainder of the day. 

Director of Environmental Health & Safety David Oliver said the fumes were a result from a sealer used on EST during maintenance activity this morning. 

“The air conditioning picked up some of the fumes into the building,” he said.

The fumes created an odor which led some instructors to notify their respective classes, informing them of the situation and effectively canceling classes. 

Environmental Health and Safety teams began ventilating the building soon after and Oliver said the odor has dissipated at this point. Only EST has been affected. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.